Rotary Golf 2024

Headliner to perform original, bluegrass songs

by | Jun 24, 2022 | Latest

Thousands of people will flock to Wylie this weekend for some summer fun at the Bluegrass on Ballard music festival.

Alecia Nugent packed a bag and traveled from Nashville for the event, but rather than listening to music, Nugent will be the headliner for the festival, playing a mix of original music and bluegrass favorites.

Nugent was born in Hickory Grove, LA, but currently resides in Nashville. She said she grew up in a musical household with her father starting a Bluegrass band the year she was born.

“There is not a lot of bluegrass music in Louisiana,” Nugent said. “But my dad somehow found his way to it and loved it.”

The band consisted of Nugent’s father on upright bass, his brother playing guitar and his cousin on mandolin.

“They did it as a hobby,” Nugent said. “They played some regional shows.”
She developed a love for bluegrass and country music and joined her father’s band as a vocalist when she was 15.

Nugent said she went solo when she was about 25 and eventually secured a deal with Rounder Records, where she made three bluegrass albums.

After her third album, Nugent took a hiatus from music to focus on her family.

“It’s not easy being a woman and having children and trying to be on the road,” Nugent said. “That was the reason I came off the road.”

She returned to music in 2017 and began working on her fourth album, a traditional country album called “The Old Side of Town.”

“It’s not that I wanted to make a change. It’s just something that I have always wanted to do,” Nugent said. “I grew up loving all kinds of music.”

The vocalist said she has been told that her voice was “more country than it was bluegrass.”

“A lot of the song and material that I chose probably fit country more than bluegrass,” she said, adding that her bluegrass albums were “country-flavored.”

The artist said she wrote songs dealing with events that occurred in her life during her performing hiatus such as her father’s death and a tragic accident that killed her daughter’s boyfriend.

“These were songs I was writing that fit a more traditional country album,” she said. “It is a window into the things that happened in my life during that time.”

She has several ideas in the works, including a duet, but nothing she called a “whole project.”

Nugent said bluegrass is a genre of music that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.

Alan Tompkins of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is responsible for booking Bluegrass on Ballard bands. Nugent is an “extremely talented vocalist with a smooth, elegant voice who sings warm, comfortable songs,” Tompkins said adding that he booked Nugent because he thinks she will be well-received by attendees at the event.

East Mountain will open the show, taking the stage at 1 p.m. followed by the Downtown String Band at 2 p.m.

Salt Creek performs at 3:15 p.m. and Brad Davis Trio goes on at 4:20 p.m.

Gold Heart takes the stage at 5:35 p.m.

Nugent closes the night out with her set beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Subscribe RH Love

0 Comments

Order photos

Related News

Public Works director highlights future needs

Public Works director highlights future needs

As Wylie has grown in the last 15 years, so have the needs of the department responsible for maintaining the city’s infrastructure. In a presentation to city council last week, Public Works Director Tommy Weir highlighted multiple administration and facility needs...

read more
Commercial, industrial development top $1 billion

Commercial, industrial development top $1 billion

The state of Wylie’s economic development efforts, along with a substantial amount of data to back it up, was presented to city council last month. In the review of expenditures, accomplishments and economic development highlighted by the Wylie Economic Development...

read more
Reader’s Choice Awards – 2024

Reader’s Choice Awards – 2024

After months of hard work — voting, reviewing ballots and tallying results — the Best of 2024 results are in!  This special section is one of my favorites because it is a celebration of local businesses and individuals who have been recognized by citizens for the hard...

read more
Mayor talks infrastructure improvements

Mayor talks infrastructure improvements

Mayor Matthew Porter gave his State of the City address Tuesday, March 26 at Collin College Wylie. Jeremy Hallock/The Wylie News Mayor Matthew Porter delivered his State of the City address to a conference room packed with city employees, educators, members of local...

read more
New development on Country Club OK’d

New development on Country Club OK’d

Representatives on behalf of Congressman Keith Self presented congratulatory letters to Wylie Fire Rescue 2023 Award Winners at the Tuesday, March 26 regular council meeting.  Jeremy Hallock/The Wylie News After much consternation, a change of zoning request for a...

read more
Once-in-a-lifetime event fast approaching

Once-in-a-lifetime event fast approaching

Millions of people across the country are traveling to the path of totality, which includes Wylie, to view the once-in-a-lifetime four-minute total solar eclipse next week.  And while most Collin County residents will be looking skyward on Monday, April 8, school...

read more
Fine arts, CTE directors update WISD trustees

Fine arts, CTE directors update WISD trustees

Texas Academic Decathlon State competitors from Wylie High School were recognized at the Monday, March 25 Wylie ISD board of trustees meeting. Courtesy Wylie ISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Glenn Lambert presented what he called a “State of the Arts” in Wylie ISD...

read more
Coach Howard honored with Garrison Award

Coach Howard honored with Garrison Award

Coach Bill Howard receives the 2024 Elisabeth W. Garrison Legacy Award. From left, Stacie Gooch, Lymari Ames and Virdie Montgomery. Courtesy Ian Halperin/Wylie ISD The highlight of Saturday night’s 21st annual Boots ‘N Barbecue gala was the presentation of the 2024...

read more
Resource group plans for future

Resource group plans for future

Ronni Fetzer, Cherie Privett, Liz Garrett, Sherry Higgins, Fran Fisher, Roberta Mallory, Jon Bailey, Nancy Miller, Jim Berger and Karen Ellis at the Community Resources Group meeting Tuesday, March 19. Jeremy Hallock/The Wylie News A group of individuals representing...

read more
Order photos